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Gilgeous-Alexander leads Thunder past Donovan, Bulls in OT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists to help Oklahoma City beat the Chicago Bulls and former...

Falcons pick Titans offensive coordinator Smith as new coach

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have chosen offense and youth as the calling cards of their new coach. ...

Appeals court OKs convictions in college basketball scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York on Friday upheld convictions against a sports marketer, an aspiring agent and a...

Jets hire 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as coach

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets were searching for a leader, someone who could bring a frustrated, playoff-starved franchise back to respectability. ...

The Latest: South Carolina coach Martin to miss game at LSU

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Urban Hire: Meyer returns to sidelines with NFL’s Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Urban Meyer has won everywhere he’s coached. Small colleges. Big-time programs. He’s been a difference maker at each stop during...

Friends as playoff foes: Packers’ LaFleur faces Rams’ McVay

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur and Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay say their friendship and shared history shouldn't have much of an...

Harbaugh, Ravens happily travel road to success in playoffs

Home-field advantage in the playoffs is overrated for Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who has found that the road to success in the postseason usually...

Bears plan to keep Nagy, GM Pace for at least 1 more season

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears plan to keep general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for at least another season. ...

New Texas coach Sarkisian defends “The Eyes of Texas”

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Fresh off a national title with Alabama, Steve Sarkisian plans big changes to Texas' football program. ...

Colliton agrees to 2-year extension with Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton agreed to a two-year contract extension Tuesday on the eve of his third season with the...

Belichick won’t get Presidential Medal of Freedom after all

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced Monday night that he will not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “remaining true to the...

Eagles fire coach Doug Pederson 3 years after Super Bowl win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doug Pederson lost his job less than three years after he led the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s only Super Bowl...

Carson Palmer, Bob Stoops lead college Hall of Fame class

Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer and former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops are among the 13 former players and coaches who make up the latest...

Same old Browns? Hardly. Cleveland drills Steelers 48-37

PITTSBURGH (AP) — So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or your emotional leader...

Trump to honor Belichick with Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will present one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Bill Belichick, the football coach of the New...

Michigan decides to stick with Jim Harbaugh with 5-year deal

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has decided to stick with coach Jim Harbaugh, finalizing a new, five-year deal on Friday. ...

Jets latest team to interview 49ers’ Saleh for coaching job

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets became the latest NFL team to interview San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh for a...

Reich remains focused on game with return to Buffalo looming

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich's heart never really left Buffalo. ...

Falcons interview Hackett, Brady for head coaching job

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have interviewed a pair of offensive coordinators, Nathaniel Hackett of the Green Bay Packers and Joe Brady of...

Red Sox’s Smith excited to be MLB’s 1st Black female coach

BOSTON (AP) — Bianca Smith has always wanted to work in baseball. And for years she followed a path she hoped might set her...

Telesco says Chargers will be patient with coaching search

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco hasn't given a timetable on when he expects to hire a coach. ...

Browns’ Stefanski: ‘We’ve got to find a way’ vs Steelers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Confined to his home before the season's biggest game, coach Kevin Stefanski vowed not to let COVID-19 stop him from getting...

Sark latest ‘Bama assistant multi-tasking before title game

Steve Sarkisian is the latest Alabama coordinator to be drawing up game plans for a national title showdown before leaving for a new head...

LA Rams’ top-ranked defense still rolling as playoffs loom

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Staley doesn't have a lot of time to reflect on his stunning success in his first season as the...

Cruel twist: Browns lose coach for playoffs due to COVID-19

CLEVELAND (AP) — Amid a masked, muted celebration in the locker room after the Browns ended the NFL's longest playoff drought, coach Kevin Stefanski...

Lynn says coaching Chargers was ‘an absolute privilege’

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Lynn said Tuesday that coaching the Los Angeles Chargers was “an absolute privilege.” ...

Mulkey positive for COVID-19, UConn-Baylor women’s game off

No. 6 Baylor canceled its anticipated home game Thursday night against No. 3 UConn after Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey tested positive for COVID-19. ...

LA Galaxy hire MLS Cup winner Greg Vanney as head coach

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The LA Galaxy hired Greg Vanney as their head coach on Tuesday, hoping to establish stability and continuity under a...

John Muckler, coach who won 5 Cups with Oilers, dies at 86

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — John Muckler, who coached four NHL teams and won five Stanley Cup championships with the Edmonton Oilers, has died. He...

Ohio State coach Day expects QB Fields to play vs Alabama

Ohio State coach Ryan Day said he expects Justin Fields to play in the College Football Playoff national championship game against Alabama after the...

Chargers fire head coach Anthony Lynn after 4 seasons

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A four-game winning streak at the end of the season wasn't enough to save Anthony Lynn's job with the...

Jaguars fire Marrone; owner Khan plans to be more involved

Shad Khan has hired coaches and general managers before. He relied on a search firm the first time. He enlisted help from a consultant...

Court upholds life sentence for Iowa coach who abused teens

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld a life prison sentence Monday for an influential Iowa youth basketball coach who used...

Chargers beat playoff-bound Chiefs 38-21 as KC rests stars

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chargers spent Sunday reveling in the future of their young quarterback and pondering the fate of their head...

Reaction to the death of Hall of Famer Paul Westphal

Reaction to the death of Hall of Fame basketball player and longtime NBA and college coach Paul Westphal. He died Saturday at the age...

Texas fires Herman after 4 seasons, hires Tide OC Sarkisian

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas was tired of waiting for Tom Herman to deliver a Big 12 title and turn the Longhorns back into...

Paul Westphal, Hall of Famer and NBA champion, dies at 70

Paul Westphal, a Hall of Fame player who won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and later coached in the league and...

The Latest: Steelers place Haden, Ebron, Marsh on COVID list

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The Latest: 2nd Browns coach tests positive for virus

The Cleveland Browns have had a second coach test positive for COVID-19 ahead of their big game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team has...

The Latest: Duke-Florida State basketball game postponed

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Back on ice: Some US sliders finally able to begin seasons

Some U.S. luge, bobsled and skeleton athletes have rejoined the international World Cup sliding circuits, after they all stayed home for the first half...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020

In a year defined by a devastating pandemic, the world lost iconic defenders of civil rights, great athletes and entertainers who helped define their...

Hammon first woman to coach NBA team; Lakers beat Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Becky Hammon would have preferred a victory over history after becoming the first woman to coach an NBA team. ...

Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell is AP coach of the year

Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell is The Associated Press college football coach of the year after leading the Chanticleers to a surprising, near-perfect season. ...

Arizona men’s basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona men's basketball program has self-imposed a one-year postseason ban related to its long-running NCAA rules infractions case. ...

From Kobe to Maradona, a year of staggering losses in sports

There were so many this year. ...

Sports in 2020: Disruptions aplenty, only constant was loss

2020 reminded us that the show mustn’t always go on. Disrupted by the coronavirus, sports stopped cold three months in and then started up...

The Latest: ‘Nova pauses hoops, coach Wright tests positive

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Boston Celtics Hall of Famer K.C. Jones dies at 88

BOSTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer K.C. Jones, an Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion who won eight straight NBA titles during...

Broussard, Jefferson headline AP All-Pac-12 football team

Colorado's Jarek Broussard ran for 301 yards in one game and averaged more than six yards per carry. Oregon State's Jermar Jefferson averaged more...

Erratic Rams running out of time to find consistency

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Consistency is something Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay always emphasizes. ...

The Latest: UTSA football coach Jeff Traylor tests positive

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Lions’ Bevell can’t coach vs Bucs due to COVID protocols

Detroit Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell is the NFL’s first head coach to miss a game because of COVID-19 protocols even though he has...

AP All-Big 12: Iowa State players and coach win top awards

Iowa State running back Breece Hall and linebacker Mike Rose are The Associated Press Big 12 offensive and defensive players of the year after...

Arizona hires Patriots assistant Fisch as head coach

Jedd Fisch was a law student wanting a chance to witness history when he followed O.J. Simpson's lawyers into the courthouse elevator. After being...

San Jose State finalizing extension with Brent Brennan

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose State is finalizing a contract extension with football coach Brent Brennan after he led the school to...

Bieniemy, Saleh among minorities in running for top jobs

One year ago, Eric Bieniemy and Robert Saleh missed out on the coaching carousel despite being coordinators of the two Super Bowl teams. ...

Auburn hires Boise State’s Harsin to lead football program

Auburn has hired Boise State's Bryan Harsin as its head coach, luring him away from his alma mater and into the powerful Southeastern Conference. ...

Pierce, Collins lead 1st-time nominees for basketball hall

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce and longtime player, coach and broadcaster Doug Collins lead the first-time nominees announced Tuesday for...

Fisher given contract extension and GM title for the Sparks

The Los Angeles Sparks extended coach Derek Fisher's contract and appointed him the team's general manager on Tuesday. ...

Florida, Mullen sanctioned for NCAA recruiting violations

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida received a year of probation and football coach Dan Mullen was sanctioned Tuesday after the school and the NCAA...

AP All-Big Ten: Ohio State’s Fields, Indiana’s Allen honored

Quarterback Justin Fields repeated as offensive player of the year and is joined by three of his teammates on The Associated Press All-Big Ten...

Clemson’s Swinney votes CFP opponent Ohio State 11th

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had long discussed the inequality of teams that play double-digit games against those who play shorter...

CFP: Alabama-Notre Dame, Clemson-Ohio St as Aggies left out

A season filled with uncertainty brought on by the pandemic will end with a perfectly predictable College Football Playoff. ...

The Latest: Pitt basketball coach Jeff Capel tests positive

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The Latest: 8 German players test positive at world juniors

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Payton: Saints plan to start Brees against Chiefs

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints record-setting quarterback Drew Brees “looked good” in his first practices since returning from rib fractures and a punctured lung,...

The Latest: Sun Belt championship game canceled

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Top-ranked Gonzaga returns to practice as No. 3 Iowa awaits

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In a way, Mark Few feels like No. 1 Gonzaga is starting over. ...

Rams rookie coordinator Staley is hot NFL coaching candidate

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Staley has only been the Los Angeles Rams' defensive coordinator for 13 games, and everybody already knows he...

Tara VanDerveer becomes winningest women’s basketball coach

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Tara VanDerveer made history, and then took a moment to tell her Stanford players what they mean to her. ...

Stanford’s VanDerveer poised to break wins record by Summitt

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Tara VanDerveer and Tennessee's Pat Summitt planned home-and-home series whenever their schedules allowed, two power programs in opposite regions of...

AP sources: Vandy negotiating to hire Clark Lea as coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt is negotiating a deal with Notre Dame defensive coordinator Clark Lea to make the former Commodores player its new...

No. 1 Stanford moves VanDerveer one victory from wins record

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Tara VanDerveer told Francesca Belibi she will remember this moment forever. ...

Illinois fires coach Lovie Smith after 5 seasons

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fired coach Lovie Smith on Sunday with a game left in its ninth consecutive losing season. ...

Auburn fires football coach Gus Malzahn after 8 seasons

Auburn fired football coach Gus Malzahn, ending an eight-year run that began with a trip to the national championship game. ...

Herman returning in 2021 for 5th season with Texas Longhorns

Texas has ended widespread speculation about coach Tom Herman’s future, announcing Saturday he will return in 2021 for his fifth season with the No....

Utah State players opt out of Colorado State game in protest

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Utah State has canceled its football game against Colorado State amid concerns voiced about religious discrimination during the search for...

The Latest: Washington-Oregon football game canceled

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Former Alabama, NY Giants coach Ray Perkins dies at 79

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Ray Perkins, the former Alabama receiver who replaced Bear Bryant as Crimson Tide's coach and started the transition with the...

The Latest: Michigan State-Virginia hoops postponed

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NBA coaches attire: Masks are in, jackets are optional

MIAMI (AP) — For NBA coaches, masks are required this season. Jackets are not. ...

Fred Akers, Texas coach who flirted with glory, dies at 82

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Fred Akers followed a coaching giant at Texas and came agonizingly close to glory himself with two undefeated seasons before...

Lynn remains as Chargers coach despite Sunday’s 45-0 loss

Anthony Lynn has been at three places where a coach has buried a football at the practice field after a putrid performance or disastrous...

Rockets coach Silas unsure when Harden will report to camp

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden hasn’t reported to Houston Rockets camp and coach Stephen Silas said Monday that he didn’t know when the All-Star...

Trump honors legendary Iowa wrestler Gable at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump presented the nation’s highest civilian honor to Dan Gable, a renowned wrestler and coach from Iowa who won...

Virtual hiring interviews only until teams out of contention

The NFL is allowing only virtual interviews of candidates for a variety of football jobs, including coach and general manager, until both teams have...

Stanford replaces South Carolina atop women’s AP Top 25

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Tara VanDerveer and Stanford are the new No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll. ...

No. 9 UCLA tops Arizona State 63-59

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — It seems safe to say UCLA guard Lindsey Corsaro’s early shooting slump is over. ...

Stafford throws 3 TDs, Lions rally to beat Bears 34-30

CHICAGO (AP) — Darrell Bevell had a hard time processing everything from his first game as an NFL coach. ...

South Carolina names Oklahoma’s Beamer its football coach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has made it official, hiring ex-assistant Shane Beamer as its head football coach. ...

AP source: Oklahoma’s Beamer to take over Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Shane Beamer is returning to South Carolina, this time as head football coach. ...

No. 17 USC gets back to work with Sunday visit from Wash St

LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 17 Southern California had largely managed to avoid coronavirus-related problems within its football program until last week, when an...

The Latest: Louisville cancels game after positive test

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

No. 17 USC, Washington State return from layoffs at Coliseum

Washington State (1-1 Pac-12) at No. 17 USC (3-0, No. 20 CFP), Sunday at 7:30 p.m. EST (FS1). ...

Trump honors football coach Holtz as ‘one of the greatest’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called Lou Holtz "one of the greatest coaches in American history” as he honored the college...

Rams QB Goff on McVay’s criticism: “He’s absolutely right”

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff didn't get offended last weekend when Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay called out the quarterback over...

A cautious start to NBA season, as camps open amid positives

The first day of NBA training camp is supposed to be accompanied by brimming optimism, a time for players and coaches all taking those...

UC Riverside takes down Pac-12’s Washington 57-42

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jock Perry scored 21 points, Arinze Chidom had eight points and 12 rebounds and UC Riverside beat Washington 57-42 on...

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